Berri highlights EU role in amending Tehran-Riyadh relations

Tehran, Feb 25, IRNA – Lebanon Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said in Brussels on Thursday that the European diplomacy could play a crucial role especially with respect to neighborly relations between the Persian Gulf states, notably between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

According to Lebanon National News Agency (NNA), Berri made the remarks in a meeting with President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz.

The repercussions of the Syrian refugees’ crisis in Lebanon and the situation in Syria and the region were among other issues discussed during the meeting.

Saudi Arabia severed its diplomatic relations with Iran following Tehran’s objection to execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

The move followed demonstrations held in front of the Saudi embassy in Tehran and its consulate in the northeastern city of Mashhad by angry protesters, censuring the Al Saud family for the killing of the top cleric as part of a crackdown on Shias mostly residing in the kingdom’s Eastern Province.